Can Long Distance Relationships Really Work?
Relationships, like all the good things in life, require time and patience to work out. With a little bit of understanding and open-mindedness, it is possible to make all kinds of relationships work, even long distance ones. Long distance relationships aren’t just restricted to the romantic realm, they exist in the professional sphere as well. Today we are going to talk about whether long distance relationships at work at the workplace. And the answer is YES! Implementing a successful flexible working arrangement is possible if you have the five key elements to make it work. Here’s how to take care of your flexible working teams this Valentine’s Day.
The Five Important Features of a Long Distance Relationship
Trust is crucial for any relationship, especially for a professional one. Employers must have sufficient level of trust in their employees regarding work, data security and achieving targets. Micromanaging employees and attempting to keep a track on every single activity that they perform will eventually lead to a feeling of hostility among them, making them feel distrusted. This will affect performance and productivity. For flexible working to be successful, trust in employees is necessary.
When everyone is located in different places, technology is the only way to stay connected. The importance of communication cannot be understated. Having a good communication system is the base for achieving goals seamlessly and efficiently. When your smart working teams are well-connected, performing tasks and achieving goals becomes easy.
Even when employees are working smart and have a flexible arrangement, it is important to ensure that they have a proper work-life balance. Employees can feel thankful or ‘guilty’ because they have the opportunity to work flexibly, which can lead to overworking or putting in more work than required. This can eventually lead to burnout and loss of productivity. It’s important to maintain a good balance of work and life. Encourage employees to pursue non-work related activities. Assure them that you are as grateful to you as you are to them.
A work relationship is a two-way street. For your employees to be committed to the company, you need to be committed to them too. Be there for them when they need you. For example, if an employee cannot come in to work because of an appointment, offer a flexible arrangement instead. This will make them feel understood and acknowledged. It increases productivity, engagement and commitment to work.
Working remotely can become lonely. Social interactions are very important for employees to feel like they are part of a team and part of an organization. If you have teams that work primarily remotely, then consider getting them together with the rest of the team a few times a month, at least. This helps to build morale and strengthen relationships.
So there you go! Valentine’s day is more than just a celebration of love. It is a celebration of relationships. So celebrate your employees and take care of them. A workforce that’s cared for is a happy workforce.